from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Anatomy The abdomen.
- n. Anatomy The prominent fleshy portion of a muscle.
- n. Anatomy A cavity or hollowed surface, especially of a bone.
- n. Zoology A part in lower forms of animal life corresponding to the abdomen of mammals.
- n. Botany The swollen lower portion of an archegonium containing the egg.
- n. Law The uterus of a woman as the source of offspring.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A vendor.
- n. A woman with offspring
- n. A protuberant, usually hollow structure, notably:
- n. A broad, shallow concavity, notably of a bone
- n. One who vents, who is vocal about feelings or problems.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who vents; one who utters, reports, or publishes.
- n. The belly; the abdomen; -- sometimes applied to any large cavity containing viscera.
- n. The uterus, or womb.
- n. A belly, or protuberant part; a broad surface
- n. The lower part of the abdomen in insects.
- n. A pregnant woman; a mother
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the coiled nautiloid cephalopod shell, such as Nautilus and the ammonites, the outer or peripheral portion of the whorls.
- n. One who vents or gives vent (to); one who utters, reports, or publishes.
- n. The womb; and hence, in legal language, mother: as, A has a son B by one venter, and a daughter C by another venter; children by different venters.
- n. In anatomy and zoology the belly; the abdomen.
- n. Tn ornithology, the lower belly or abdomen, considered as to its surface.
- n. In entomology: The lower part of the abdomen.
- n. The under surface: as, the venter of the caterpillar.
- n. In botany, the enlarged basal part of an archegonium, in which the oöphore is formed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
- n. a bulging body part (as the belly of a muscle)
- n. a speaker who expresses or gives vent to a personal opinion or grievance
- n. the womb
Anglo-Norman, from Latin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Cognate with Dutch venter. (Wiktionary)
From Latin venter ("belly, womb, offspring"). (Wiktionary)
to vent + -er. (Wiktionary)